"My mind was made up straight away" – Didi Hamann on why he rejected Real Madrid for Newcastle in 1998

Didi Hamann
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Didi Hamann may most-commonly be associated with Liverpool, but many forget it was actually Newcastle United the German first opted to join in the Premier League.

After rising through the ranks at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, Hamann had his pick of clubs in the summer of 1998. Real Madrid were even interested in securing his services after solid 1998 World Cup displays. Yet Hamann knew he wanted to play for Newcastle United as soon as the Magpies came calling, and it was all down to the gaffer, Kenny Dalglish. 

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.